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ExtremeGB.com has introduced its Spot GPS personal location tracker as global security issues form an increasingly important part of traveller safety.
Spot allows the user to send back a signal through a satellite system to monitoring teams or potential rescuers for those in hostile areas.
”Walkie-talkies and more recently, mobile or sat phones, have become the default communication device for people who go off the beaten track - deserts, jungles, wastes or oceans ” but each of those has its limitations, either coverage, range or size,” said ExtremeGB”s Ed Giles.
”Spot is a small device which can send pre-programmed messages asking for help in a life-threatening situation, or send messages confirming everything”s going to plan ” and confirming location every few minutes.”
The device uses the 9-1-1 International Emergency Response Centres operated by global satellite monitoring, tracking and safety organisation, Geos.
Features of the system allow unlimited emergency calls, a check-in facility to update contacts of trip progress and up to 200 annual text messages to any mobile. Upgrade possibilities include allowing contacts to track travellers using Google maps, while added rescue facilities can feature helicopter extraction around the world and reimbursement benefits.
Spot costs ”139.50 ($277) with discounts for larger orders. There is a subscription charge dependent on use.